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Del Mar Closing Week Recap

Del Mar Recap for Thursday (11-29-18)

The main track was wet fast (sealed) and the turf races were transferred to the dirt oval. The were three front running winners on a rare wet afternoon of racing (5f, 6.5f, 5.5f).

Phil D’Amato saddled two winners.

The Pick 6 jackpot was hit on Thursday and paid $218,929.

Del Mar Recap for Friday (11-30-18)

The good main track was upgraded to fast by the time the third race rolled around. The turf races were transferred to the dirt oval for the second time this week. One front running winner at five furlongs on the drying out main track.

Kent Desormeaux and Flavien Prat both booted home a pair.

The Pick 6 pool was $54,697 and multiple winning tickets paid $2,087 each. The 5 out of 6 consolation prize paid $24.80. There will be a Pick 6 Jackpot carryover of $6,261 when live racing resumes Saturday.

Nov 30 Claims: Race 1 - Twirling Tiger ($16k, Tim Yakteen), Pioneerof the West ($16k, Vladimir Cerin). Race 2 - Sass Machine ($32k, William Morey), Race 4 - Empress of Luv ($16k, Andrew Lerner), Cinnamon Twist (claim voided, reason vet). Race 8 - Rapid Red ($25k, Peter Miller).

Del Mar Recap for Saturday (12-1-18)

Fast main track. The turf course was upgraded to firm by the time the second grass race rolled around (race three). There were three front running winners on dirt (6.5f, 5.5f, 6f). The winning turf course running styles were a stalker at one mile, a stalker at five furlongs, another stalker at one mile, a closer at a mile and an eighth, and a closer at one mile.

Joel Rosario guided home three winners. Drayden Van Dyke and Bob Baffert teamed up for the late double.

The Pick 6 pool was $132,767 and multiple winning tickets paid $23,642.60 each. The 5 out of 6 consolation prize paid $118.60. There will be a Pick 6 carryover of $21,460 (from Pick 6 jackpot) when live racing resumes Sunday, and the Pick 6 has a mandatory payout on closing day!

Dec 1 Claims: Race 4 - Placido ($16k, Lorenzo Ruiz), Powerful Thirst ($16k, Vann Belvoir). Race 9 - Speakers ($20k, Andrew Lerner).

Grade 1 Hollywood Derby Recap (12-1-18) - Winner: Raging Bull

Chad Brown had East Coast shipper Raging Bull ready to roll in the Hollywood Derby. Have At It controlled the pace through the first six furlongs, and Carrick with Kent Desormeaux aboard turned up the heat after that (Instilled Regard & River Boyne behind them). It became a sprint for home, and my best bet top choice Raging Bull had the best finishing kick on paper. River Boyne briefly spurted clear but Raging Bull ran him down to win by a 1/2 length. Instilled Regard (also Chad Brown) just held the show over Prince Earl (nice effort from post 13), and was followed by Carrick, Fight On, Risky Proposition, Desert Stone, Kazan, Platinum Warrior, Way Early, Have At it, and Pubilius Syrus.  

Raging Bull 
 

Del Mar Recap for Sunday (12-2-18)

Fast main track and firm turf course. There were four front running winners on the speed favoring dirt oval (5.5f, 6f, 6f, 6.5f). The winning turf course running styles were a front runner at 8.5 furlongs, a front runner at one mile, a closer at one mile, and a stalker at one mile.

Joe Talamo booted home two winners. Drayden Van Dyke and Bob Baffert teamed up for the late double.

The Pick 6 pool was $359,079 and nobody had all six winners on mandatory payout day. 5 out of 6 winners paid $22,731,20.

Dec 2 Claims: Race 2 - Powder ($20k, Genaro Vallejo). Race 4 - Go Ghetto ($8k, Robert Hess Jr).

Grade 1 Matriarch Recap (12-2-18) - Winner: Uni

On Saturday, Raging Bull unleashed a strong stretch rally to capture the Hollywood Derby for Joel Rosario and Chad Brown, and it was more of the same in the Sunday flat mile turf feature for fillies and mares. This time, razor sharp New York shipper Uni kicked home powerfully from post 12 to score by a 1/2 length for Rosario and Brown. Keeneland invaders Daddy is a Legend and Quidura (also trained by Chad Brown) made it a trifecta sweep for the shippers. Post time favorite Vasilika did the best of the local runners in 4th, and today’s loss ended her eight-race winning streak. Dona Bruja (wide trip from post 11) was next, and was followed across the line by Rymska, Mission Impassible, Excellent Sunset, Insta Erma, Valadorna, Luminoso, pacesetter Fahan Mura, and main track specialist Mopotism.


 

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